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Alleice Summers, DVM


Dr. Alleice Summers, a 1970 graduate of the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and former Director of the Veterinary Technology Department at Cedar Valley College in Lancaster, Texas, is the author of the Veterinary Technology text, Common Diseases of Companion Animals, 3rd edition, published by Elsevier. When she headed the Veterinary Technology program at Dallas County Community Colleges in Texas, she found that her students didn’t have a textbook. So she wrote one! “It was written for students of veterinary technology, but it is widely used for explaining various things to horse owners,” she said. “It is easy to read and does not have a lot of technical jargon. There is a section on horses, one on small animals, one on goats, and one on exotic animals.”

Each section on a particular species is further organized by body system. Diseases of each body system are presented in monograph form, with clinical signs, diagnostic laboratory work-up, treatment options, and client information.

Dr. Summers will be on hand at the Buck Creek St. Jude Trail Ride at Weaver Farms near Alamo, TN on September 26-28, 2014. She will be micro-chipping horses for those owners who want the service. The charge will be approximately $40 per horse. For those who take advantage of this offer, there will be a raffle for a Coggins certificate that can be used the next time the horse needs a fresh Coggins test.

The microchip is a tiny computer chip encased in smooth, strong biocompatible glass. Microchipping is done as a simple injection with a needle, much like a vaccination, and only takes seconds.  Most horses don't even flinch as the chip is quickly injected into the nuchal ligament just below the mane. Once the chip is in place, it will not migrate or move and cannot be detected by hand – only with a scanner. The microchip is an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) device and operates by receiving an invisible radio wave signal from a microchip reader.  When the scanner is passed over the horse's neck, the chip sends its number back to the scanner to be displayed in the viewing window.  The horse feels nothing when being scanned. 

The micro chip provides a permanent, unique, unalterable identification number for your horse. Horse owners use it for a variety of reasons, such as: proof of ownership, theft protection and recovery, disaster recovery, health certificates, medical records, farm management, event entries, travel, Registry ID, and sales documents.

Dr. Summers currently lives in Dyer County, Tennessee and operates a mobile equine practice. She prefers to work on horses, but also sees sheep and goats in her practice. To reach her, call (731) 285-3168 or her mobile (972) 935-6963. E-mail her at:

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